Crowds at last year’s Taste of Melrose Park. This year, community members may also enjoy the Taste of Bellwood. | File
Thursday, June 15, 2017 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
There’s the Taste of Melrose Park, which takes place each year in September. There’s the Taste of Chicago, the big kahuna. Pretty soon, there will be another taste coming to town.
Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey recently announced that the village will host a Taste of Bellwood on August 5 and August 6.
The event will essentially encompass the village’s annual Family Day Picnic, which it hosts each year in August, along with other features, including a beer and wine garden and a full tasting of local restaurant fare. The village also expects area high school bands and other musical acts to participate.
“We want to be more family oriented so we’re trying to do whatever we can to get our communities together,” Harvey said in a phone interview on Thursday.
The mayor said that he’s invited all of the village’s local businesses to become vendors at the upcoming event, but that the invitation isn’t limited to Bellwood establishments.
“We’re inviting vendors in other communities like Broadview, Melrose Park, Maywood and Hillside to participate as well,” he said. “If they have something they want to share with the community, they’re welcome to setup. We welcome anybody and everybody.”
Harvey said that the inaugural two-day festival will take place on Washington Boulevard, between 25th Avenue and Eastern. The mayor said the village has plans to block off that entire strip of roadway while the fest is going on.
Harvey said that the village didn’t budget for a taste, but noted that officials have told him that they’ll identify the funds. The mayor said that he’s already attracted private funding for the event, including a $10,000 donation from a local business. VFP
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